Business Bulletin No. 99 / 2003
Friday 27th June 2003
Section F : Motions and Amendments
A full list of current motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site as Current Motions. The full text of all motions lodged the previous week will appear in the Business Bulletin the following Monday.
Items marked with an asterisk (*) are new or have been altered. Asterisks in the text show the extent of alterations made.
Motions which members wish to be considered for debate as members' business in the Parliament are marked with a hash symbol (#)
*S2M-208 John Swinburne: Holyrood Consensus DayThat the Parliament notes with concern some of the findings of the recently published Scottish Elections Research May-June 2003, commissioned by the Electoral Commission, and, in particular, the cynicism and apathy expressed by a large percentage of the Scottish electorate towards the Parliament and agrees, in response to the opinions expressed, to set aside a "Consensus Day" each year for the Parliament to hold debates on subjects, chosen in the usual manner, during which all MSPs will be freed from the shackles of party constraints and able to vote on issues according to their consciences.
*S2M-207 Carolyn Leckie: Closing the Pay Gap - Nursery Nurses' Grading and Pay DisputeThat the Parliament expresses concern that the nursery nurses' grading and pay dispute continues and that the employers have not recognised their modest and legitimate claim, one symptomatic of endemic and structural discrimination against women as well as of low pay in the public sector; further expresses its concern that, despite positive comments from the Scottish Executive on "closing the pay gap" and EU funding to address inequalities of pay related to gender, the Executive has been silent on whether it supports this predominantly female workforce in its long-running campaign to "close the pay gap" and gain professional recognition, and therefore calls on the Executive to put "closing the pay gap" into action by supporting nursery nurses in their rightful claim and assisting the employers to meet it by making the necessary funding available.
Supported by: Frances Curran*
*S2M-206 Maureen Macmillan: The Parliament's In-house Mail ServicesThat the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement that its in-house mail services will be transferred to the responsibility of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB); congratulates all members of the Royal Mail staff for the professional service they have provided to MSPs and staff since 1999, and urges the SPCB to consider improving the terms and conditions of employment for the current Royal Mail staff based in the Parliament.
Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham*, Christine May*, Brian Adam*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Ms Wendy Alexander*
*S2M-205 Mr Ted Brocklebank: Proposed EU Council Regulation on Recovery of Cod StocksThat the Parliament notes with concern the proposal for an EU Council regulation establishing measures for the recovery of cod stocks; expresses disquiet at the leakage of information from the EU commissioner responsible for agriculture, rural development and fisheries, Franz Fischler, which appears to seek to undermine the current recovery measures, and notes with concern the provisional information emanating from the International Council for Exploration of the Sea on the state of cod stocks in the North Sea, and elsewhere, and the possible serious effect that this might have on the future catching effort.
Supported by: Mrs Nanette Milne*
S2M-204 Donald Gorrie: School Holidays and Vulnerable FamiliesThat the Parliament notes the additional stresses and difficulties faced by vulnerable and disadvantaged families during the school summer holidays owing to increased daily living costs, lack of access to suitable play schemes and other services and costs of leisure activities; recognises the valuable role of agencies that provide play-scheme facilities, and calls for an increase in affordable and accessible summer holiday provision for all families that need it, the introduction of food benefits for children normally in receipt of free school meals, a review of the level of assistance provided through school uniform grants and a review of the length and timing of school holidays.
Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-203 Janis Hughes: Implementation of Agenda for ChangeThat the Parliament believes that pay modernisation in the NHS is necessary in order to address continuing problems of low pay and unequal pay, which undermine the spirit of teamwork on which the NHS relies and which cannot be justified in a society that believes in equal pay for work of equal value; recognises that addressing these fundamental issues was the basis of the negotiations surrounding Agenda for Change; welcomes the endorsement of the principles of Agenda for Change by a majority of members of the major health service unions; further welcomes the opportunity for Agenda for Change proposals to be piloted in Early Implementer sites, including three "paper" exercises in the NHS in Scotland; recognises and supports UNISONs support of a review of the outcome of the Early Implementer exercise in 2004 to ensure that Agenda for Change does, in practice, address the issues and a further ballot of its health service members to approve Agenda for Change as modified in light of the exercise; further recognises that the implementation of the Agenda for Change proposals in Scotland after the Early Implementer exercise and subsequent ballot may require additional negotiation between the NHS and the health service trade unions to take account of particular issues facing NHS staff in Scotland, including the impact of UNISONs recent low pay deal, which raised the minimum wage for NHS staff to £5.18 per hour, and the need to ensure that no staff will lose financially as a result of Agenda for Change, and calls on the Minister for Health and Community Care and senior management in the NHS to continue engaging in constructive dialogue with the main health service unions in order to ensure that future implementation of Agenda for Change in Scotland incorporates any changes required to reflect both the outcome of the Early Implementer exercise and the particular circumstances of staff in the NHS in Scotland.
Supported by: Scott Barrie*
S2M-201 Mr Rob Gibson: Battle of the Little Bighorn - MonumentThat the Parliament welcomes the unveiling of a monument to honour 70 Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors who died defending their homeland on this day, 25 June 127 years ago at Greasy Grass, Montana, United States of America, in the battle known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn and congratulates the Government of the United States for eventually providing the balance of funds to match the public donations gathered over the past 20 years to build a suitable memorial.
Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Fergus Ewing, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Fiona Hyslop*, Patrick Harvie*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Richard Lochhead*, Mark Ballard*, Christine Grahame*, Chris Ballance*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Jim Mather*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Campbell Martin*
S2M-199 Dennis Canavan: Denny High School Boys' Football TeamThat the Parliament congratulates Denny High School boys' football squad on winning the Coca-Cola 7s Scottish seven-a-side football championship at Hampden Park and wishes them well in their forthcoming visit to Barcelona.
Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Michael Matheson
S2M-193 Cathy Jamieson: Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill.
Supported by: Peter Peacock, Hugh Henry
S2M-192 Malcolm Chisholm: Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill.
Supported by: Mr Tom McCabe
S2M-190 Ross Finnie: The Draft Code of Recommendation for the Welfare of Livestock: PigsThat the Environment and Rural Development Committee , in consideration of the Draft Code of Recommendation for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs (SE/2003/173), recommends that the code be approved.
Supported by: Allan Wilson
S2M-189 Ross Finnie: The Draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003That the Environment and Rural Development Committee , in consideration of the draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003, recommends that the regulations be approved.
Supported by: Allan Wilson
S2M-188 Ms Margaret Curran: The Draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 2003That the Communities Committee , in consideration of the draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, recommends that the regulations be approved.
Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan
S2M-187 Ms Margaret Curran: The Draft Housing Grants (Minimum Percentage Grant) (Scotland) Regulations 2003That the Communities Committee , in consideration of the draft Housing Grants (Minimum Percentage Grants) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, recommends that the regulations be approved.
Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan
S2M-186 Ms Margaret Curran: The Draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Amendment Order 2003That the Communities Committee , in consideration of the draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Amendment Order 2003, recommends that the order be approved.
Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan
S2M-185 Stewart Stevenson: Mintlaw Academy Girls' Football TeamThat the Parliament congratulates Mintlaw Academy girls football team on its victory in the Scottish finals of the Coca-Cola 7s seven-a-side football tournament at Hampden Park and wishes the team well for the European finals in Barcelona.
Supported by: Jim Mather, Carolyn Leckie, Michael Matheson, Brian Adam, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Shiona Baird, Fiona Hyslop, Roseanna Cunningham, Pauline McNeill, Alex Neil, Dr Jean Turner, Mr David Davidson*, Mrs Nanette Milne*
S2M-182# Ten Years of Council Tax (lodged on 19 June 2003) Patrick Harvie*, Carolyn Leckie*, Phil Gallie*
S2M-181 Animal Welfare Centres (lodged on 19 June 2003) Margaret Jamieson*
S2M-178 Defenders of Human Rights - PREDA (lodged on 19 June 2003) Marilyn Livingstone*, Rosie Kane*
S2M-174# Paediatric Services in Ayrshire (lodged on 18 June 2003) Mrs Nanette Milne*
S2M-173# Ending Alcohol Ban at Sports Grounds (lodged on 18 June 2003) Mrs Nanette Milne*
S2M-173.1 Donald Gorrie: Ending Alcohol Ban at Sports GroundsAs an amendment to motion (S2M-173) in the name of David McLetchie, insert at end "and that, as a trial of this policy, the ban should be lifted for two years at Murrayfield and at two or three football grounds, with a final decision being made after an evaluation of the trial."
S2M-166# Macmillan/CAB Cancer Patient Services (lodged on 18 June 2003) John Swinburne*
S2M-165 Mis-selling of Gas and Electricity (lodged on 18 June 2003) John Swinburne*
S2M-164 Ferguson's Shipyard, Port Glasgow (lodged on 18 June 2003) John Swinburne*
S2M-164.1 Fergusons Shipyard, Port Glasgow (lodged on 20 June 2003) Mrs Nanette Milne*
S2M-163 Heartstart Ayrshire and Arran (lodged on 18 June 2003) Ms Wendy Alexander*, Paul Martin*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Campbell Martin*, Jim Mather*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Cathie Craigie*, Johann Lamont*, Janis Hughes*, Helen Eadie*, Des McNulty*, Karen Gillon*, Elaine Smith*, Christine May*, Scott Barrie*, Bill Butler*, Karen Whitefield*
S2M-153 Hamilton School for the Deaf (lodged on 16 June 2003) John Swinburne*
S2M-151 Selling Alcohol to a Drunken Person (lodged on 16 June 2003) John Swinburne*
S2M-150.1 European Aid to Fishing Communities (lodged on 17 June 2003) Mrs Nanette Milne*
S2M-148 Pay Bargaining in the NHS (lodged on 13 June 2003) John Swinburne*
S2M-139 Famous Grouse Experience, Glenturret Distillery, Crieff (lodged on 12 June 2003) Mrs Nanette Milne*